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What Are the Age Restrictions When Hiring a Car in Australia?

age restrictions in australia

Are you under 25 and looking to rent a car in Australia? If so, please note that there can be age restrictions when you hire a car. It is important to determine how old you need to be to rent a car, so VroomVroomVroom has compiled a quick guide to help you get on the road and have a worry-free holiday.

What is the minimum age to rent a car in Australia?

Generally, most car rental companies in Australia require drivers to be over 21. Although the rules may differ between suppliers as young drivers may not be able to hire certain kinds of vehicles. Most drivers under the age of 25 may also need to pay a daily underage surcharge. The fee is an additional cost incurred by all car hire customers that fall within the Young Driver category.

Read our Minimum Age to know more.

What is the maximum age to rent a car in Australia?

Generally, there are no maximum age restrictions if you want to rent in Australia. However, a medical certificate is needed from drivers over 75. Usually, it is the location's decision if they will permit a person over the age of 75 to drive a rental car.

Learn more about Maximum Age requirements.

I'm under 25. Will I incur a young driver surcharge?

Yes, being under 25, you may incur an additional young rental charge. Usually, any driver between 21 to 24 will be subject to a surcharge. Note that the age ranges may vary based upon location and the type of vehicle being hired.

Find out more about Young Driver Surcharge.

Can I rent a car at 19?

Some suppliers like Jucy offer car hire for drivers over the age of 18 and above for an additional fee. Unfortunately, none of the major car hire companies in Australia allow this. You will need to be 21 or over before you can drive a rental car.

Read more about Teenage Drivers.


Age Restrictions

Before you can drive in Australia, you must be at least 21 years old and have held your license for one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur an additional young driver surcharge. There is no maximum driving age in Australia, however, make sure to ask your supplier or contact your rental location to confirm eligibility.